Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 29 (S.2.19)
Images: [ MS Hunter 29 fol. 1r ] [ MS Hunter 29 fol. 2r ]
Date of Creation: Between 1499 and 1599
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Giovanne Boccaccio, Il Corbaccio.
S. Bernardi, De Re Familiari. Italice.
(S. Bernardo, Epistola a Cavaliere Raimondo di Castello Ambrugio.)
1, 1 recto is filled with a bordered picture, a red robed, ermine-caped, laureated man, with long, reddish hair and short beard, talks with a nude old man with white hair and long white beard, among trees (three pairs) in a garden with distant landscape; the border has four vignette sketches of landscapes.
1, 2 verso similarly ornamented with border, has picture of two young women beating to death a man in same dress (but not laureated) as on first page, with rough clubs made of tree branches. The women show only one arm each raised with club; both are dressed in flame-coloured kirtles, and have flowing hair. The man has fallen forward on left hand and knees, and tries to shield himself with his right hand. The four vignette landscapes are more carefully sketched.
2, 1. (fol. 1) has a border with similar vignettes in the bottom, one of which, a fancy shield, has had its arms (green and red) erased. The ground of the border is black, and its ornamentation is more elaborate.
Fragment of illuminated MS. (Breviary prop. de sanct. pur. B.V.M. 2nd Feb. [Candlemas]) used as back strap in binding.
On i, 1 recto in XVIII. Cent. hand: Corbacius Joanis Bocatij est Caroli Tamaini.
On i, 2 recto in XVII. Cent. hand: Richard Humfrey, Anne Humfrey.
[Formerly R.7.21; R.7.103].
Arrangement: List Item Content
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 8 5/8 x 6, ff. 114, single cols. of 20-23 lines, each 5 5/8 x 3, foliation, beginning 2, 1. (XVII. Cent.), catchwords, no signatures, margins ruled double with brown crayon, no lines ruled, two full-page pictures, one floreated page, rubrics, initials alternately red and blue. Cent. XVI.
Binding: (?) Original, beech boards, bevelled, quarter calf, leather straps (one lost), brass clasps and catches. (Now [1906] in the binder's hands.) Cent. XVI.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 28.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Latin
Material Type: Document
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasions: 'The Glory of the Page', Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. 1988, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Jun.-Aug. 1988, Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Nov. 1988-Jan. 1989; 'The Magic of the Middle Ages, Part 2: Secular Manuscripts', Glasgow University Library, Sep.-Dec. 1995.
Bibliography: Nigel Thorp, The glory of the page (London, 1987), no. 110; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), 28-29.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Bernard Saint 1090-1153
Of Clairvaux
author: Giovanni Boccaccio 1313-1375
Joannes Boccatius, John Bochas.
exhibition: Glory of the Page 1987-1989
Exhibition of medieval manuscripts from Glasgow University Library: Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Oct. 1987-Jan. 1988, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Feb.-Apr. …
exhibition: Magic of the Middle Ages 1994-1995
Exhibition: The Magic of the Middle Ages: Manuscript Treasures of Glasgow University Library. Part 1: Sacred Manuscripts, Glasgow University Library, 21 April-30 …
provenance: Anne Humfrey fl.c.1650
provenance: Richard Humfrey fl.c.1650
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